HL Deb 30 March 1865 vol 178 c484

said, he thought it would be hardly right to allow the Bill to pass through the House without saying that it would honourably distinguish the administration of his noble Friend at the head of the Admiralty even though he had rendered the country no other service. It was a measure which had for its object to assist our colonies in undertaking their own naval defence, and it was but just to them that we should, while calling upon them to expend considerable sums in providing for their protection in a military point of view, aid them by taking a step which would place them in a position of comparative safety, not merely against the operations of regular warfare, but against the attacks of those privateers which, at the opening of a war, might make an attack upon their commerce.

Bill read 3a, with the Amendment, and passed, and sent to the Commons.